Juana García Abás — Poeta judio-cubana y cabalista/Jewish-Cuban and Kabbalistic Poet

La poeta judía-cubana Juana García Abás nació en La Habana en1950. Sus padres fueron de ascendencia sefardita de las Islas Canarias, Ha trabajado como periodista, dramaturga, guionista, crítica de arte y es una especialista en los medios masivos. Estudió el escribir de la poesía con José Lezama Lima, Cintio Vitier y Roque Dalton. Luego, llegó a ser una socia de la prestigiosa Unión Cubana de Escritores. En 2006, fue otorgada el Premio Nacional de Poesía “Nicolás Guillén,” uno de los honores literarios cubanos más importantes por su colección Circonloquio.

En la colección Sacred Archeology/Arqueología Sagrada, sus poemas están infundidos con la Cábala.

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The Cuban-Jewish poet Juana García Abás was born in Havana in 1950. Her parents were descended from Sephardic Jews on the Canary Islands. She has worked as a journalist, playwright, screenwriter and art critic and is a specialist in mass media She studied poetry writing with world-renowned Cuban writers José Lezama Lima, Cintio Vitier and Roque Dalton. Some years later, she became a member of the prestigious Unión Cubana de Escritores (Cuban Writers Union.) In 2006, she was awarded the Premio Nacional de Poesía “Nicolás Guillén,” (The “Nicolás Guillén,” National Poetry Prize, one of Cuba’s most important literary honors for her book length collection Circonloquio (Circumlocution.)

In the collection Sacred Archeology/Arqueología Sagrada, her poems are infused with the Kabbalah.

 KINDLE BOOK

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MÍSTICA

Ando extraviada: estoy en todas partes.

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THE MYSTIC WOMAN

I walk along lost: I am everywhere.

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ESTACIONES DEL EYN-SOF

I’m nobody—Who are you?

Are you nobody too?

EMILY DICKINSON

 

Hay un orden proscrito que se exilia

en los desastres de lo manifiesto,

cuando lo esotérico se confina distanciado de ti,

décima sefirá—y hasta de sí—, en lo finito;

allí algo mío se exime de mí, y aun de ti—que eres yo.

Somos lo enajenado en la rueca de los expuesto,

donde toda esta plenitud pareciera lo más abarcador

siendo abarcada, y se limita en esta totalidad

alienada de sí.

Algo ni mío ni tuyo colapsa en mis perfiles:

lo distanciado de lo no manifiesto

expulsado de sí mismo en lo finito,

–sin contar contigo ni conmigo–,

se escurre por los nichos de las uras del alma

–que de tan abarcados parecieran lo más abarcador.

Somos lo toral que se desnuda

porque algo mío se excluye de mí, décima sefirá:

ya al final de todo—extrañado aun de ti,

que también eres yo

lo nunca redimido que se exilia

de sí, de ti, de mí: del todo.

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STATIONS OF THE AYN-S0F

I’m nobody—Who are you?

Are you nobody too?

EMILY DICKINSON

 

There is a proscribed command that goes into exile

in the disasters of the manifest, when the esoteric keeps itself distanced from you,

tenth Sephirah—even from itself—, in the infinite;

there, something of mine frees me from myself, even from you—who is I.

We are the alienated in the spinning wheel of the exposed,

where all this plenitude might seem all-encompassing

being embraced, and it limits itself in that totality

alienated from itself.

Something not mine nor yours collapses into my profiles:

the distanced from the not manifest,

expelled from itself in the infinite,

— without relying on you or me —,

that slips into boreholes made by the tapeworm of the soul

–that so well embraced, they seemed the most encompassing.

We are the all that undresses

because something mine is excluded from me, tenth Sephirah:

already at the end of everything—even missing you,

who also is me

the never redeemed who is exiled

from him, from you, from me: from everything.

 

Translations by Stephen A. Sadow and J. Kates

 

 

 

 

 

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